An Atlas for Smart Shopping at Atlas Park
by Holly Tsang
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Enjoy free wine tastings while you shop for gifts at Rosetta Wines. A bottle can cost anywhere from $5 to $400.
BY HOLLY TSANG

htsang@queensledger.com

Avoid the typical mall crowds this holiday season by heading over to the The Shops at Atlas Park, Glendale’s spacious outdoor shopping center. Between shopping sessions, take a food break at eateries like Johnny Rockett’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Manor Oktoberfest and Shiro of Japan or catch a movie at Regal Cinemas.

Atlas Park is a great place to stretch your gifting dollars—if you know where to look. Get free parking if you finish your shopping in less than an hour with a $10 minimum purchase. Let us make a few suggestions on where to find lots of great gift ideas and deals at Atlas Park.

Borders

Give someone the gift of reading. Borders features thousands of titles on subjects ranging from psychology to travel to sports/fitness. Recipient not the literary type? There are CDs, DVDs and plenty of kid-friendly gifts like books, craft kits and board games to choose from. Check near the front of the store for the bargain section. There is a whole shelf of bargain cook books on all types of cuisine. Right now there are some really beautiful collectable hardcover books with glossy pages on sale with subjects like Elvis, artists and cartoons ($19.99 or less). Plus if you sign up for the FREE (unlike Barnes & Noble) rewards program, take an extra 15% off bargain items.

Laila Rowe

Items in this store are for fashionistas in their 20s and even well into their 30s. Jewelry, handbags and shoes and other fashion accessories are organized by the types of objects and colors. The store has the look and feel of a boutique, but prices are surprisingly affordable, considering there is always a sale or promotion going on. Get the must-have trends of the season for your girlfriend, sister or best friend. For a gift that’s both fabulous and functional, check out the houndstooth print double-sided hanging jewelry organizer ($26), featuring 66 clear pockets for jewelry and trinkets that will keep them from becoming a tangled mess. Now through the end of the month, spend $75 and get a $20 gift card.

The FAIR

Everything for the home can be found here. Right now, you can find holiday decor in the form of tree skirts, ornaments and seasonal dinner settings, as well as gift-worthy items like candles, cookware, china, bedding and bath stuff. This is also a great place to find custom-made blinds and curtains. Since this is a family-owned business, expect more personable service than you’d find at Ikea or Crate & Barrel. The Lenox holiday-themed porcelain serving dishes ($29.99 each) will make a beautiful gift for someone or look beautiful on your dining table at the upcoming holiday party.

Rosetta Wines

This beautiful store has sunny yellow walls, high ceilings and a dark wooden bar with stools. There are free wine tastings every weekend, so try something new as you browse through hundreds of wines and spirits with the assistance of a knowledgeable staff. They will give you an honest opinion instead of trying to sell you something expensive. Bottles cost anywhere from $5 to $400. Gift idea: Chambord boxed gift set with two champagne flutes ($38.99). The French black raspberry liqueur is delicious mixed with champagne. Take advantage of Rosetta Wine’s everyday discount—10% off three bottles, 15% off six bottles and 20% off 12 bottles.

Stein Mart

This gem of a department store is tucked away in a basement at the shopping center. You will find things like apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry and gift sets for both men and women. Think TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Loehmann’s—stores that boast name brand fashions at for less than major department stores. But unlike those other discount retailers, Steinmart often gives additional discounts off the already-low prices. Get a sweater for your husband or a necklace for your mother. Just make sure you’ve got time to shop, because this is a big store, but more variety likely means you’ll find something for everyone on your list.
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